Rise in divorce fees ‘will trap unhappy couples’
Unhappy couples may be forced to remain in loveless or even abusive marriages as a result of government plans to increase fees sharply for divorce, according to senior judges. The Times have reports that women in particular will be hit by the planned 34 per cent rise in fees for divorces which may have a “caustic effect on the welfare of children involved”.
An inquiry into court fees will be considered by the Commons justice committee tomorrow. Ministers have increased fees by 600 per cent in tranches since 2013 under a policy to make courts self-financing instead of costs being underwritten by the taxpayer. If the proposed increased does come into force the divorce court fees are now set to rise from £410 to £550. This will bring in an extra £16.8 million, raising to £66.6 million the total annual revenue from divorce fees in England and Wales.